Maldives' coalition party leaders meet to decide cabinet

The leaders of the main political party leaders on Thursday met with president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to decide on his ministerial cabinet ahead of his swearing in Saturday.

Former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed alomg with Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim and religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla met with Solih and his vice president Faisal Naseem in the capital Male on Thursday afternoon.

The new government would establish four new ministries taking the total to 19 as opposed to the 15 of the incumbent government.

AVAS had earlier reported the coalition has already agreed the composition of the cabinet with each political party to get a percentage.

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) would get 40 percent, with 25 percent business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim's Jumhoory Party (JP) and 20 percent for former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The other main party in the coalition, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) would receive the smallest slice with 15 percent, the source detailed.

However, AVAS understands that the four leaders remain divided over the composition of Solih's cabinet.

"We all agreed to abide by the agreement and remain united to align with the hopes of the people," Solih told reporters after the sit-down but stopped short of commenting on the agreement reached over his cabinet.

Nasheed however, shed some light into the discussions insisting that the cabinet would be the "president's cabinet."